Over 298,000 viewers tuned in to Eurovision – Australia Decides, as SBS held the nations first televised selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Eurovision – Australia Decides was the tenth most watched show on Saturday night, as the nation held their first ever televised selection process. The show had a metro audience of 298,000 viewers for the announcement of the winner.
The breakdown of the viewing figures for the winners announcement is as follows:
- Sydney – 90,000 viewers
- Melbourne – 90,000 viewers
- Brisbane – 60,000 viewers
- Adelaide – 34,000 viewers
- Perth – 24,000 viewers
SBS had a share of 8.5% for the show, which was up 3.1 percentage points over the same time last weekend. SBS failed to place within the top twenty most watched programmes on February 2.
The national final was only 21,000 viewers lower than the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on SBS, which was the most watched show from last years contest in Australia. The show is as a result seen as a rating success for SBS, which saw its highest ratings since the 2018 World Cup
Kate Miller-Heidke won Eurovision – Australia Decides with the song “Zero Gravity”. She topped both the jury and public vote scoring a total of 135 points, 21 points ahead of second place Electric Fields.
Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 as part of celebrations marking 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster SBS has broadcast Eurovision in Australia since 1983. Australia’s best result to date came in 2016 Australia when Dami Im, with the song “Sound of Silence,” finished in 2nd place in the final scoring 511 points, just 23 points away from victory.